Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Crochet: tissue box cover

Recently, I was commissioned to crochet 2 tissue box covers for a wedding. I was elated as she's a good friend and these are for her wedding in her hometown. No words could express my gratitude,  that she believes in me and has chosen me to do it. I am forever grateful for her support.

It actually took me more than a month to finish it as there were a few interruptions mid way. It looks easy but quite complicated at some point. I bought the pattern from www.ravelry.com and it was designed by Richard Sechriest. A simple yet elegant design, I've added some pearls for that classy finish.

Monday, 29 August 2016

MPOV: Mr. Tuk Tuk

We accidentally discovered this new restaurant after finishing our chore. It sure does looked promising and they were still accepting customers even though it was 9.30pm so we thought of giving it a try.
My Thailand tea came with a cute pot! RM2.20
Tom Yam Noodle Soup with Seafood RM9.80
Thai Pineapple Rice RM10.80
Condiment similar to those in Bangkok!
Inviting facade
We decided to share the food and I actually liked the noodle soup more. The blend of sweet and sour was just right and not overly spicy... tantalising... really made my mouth watering as I'm thinking of it! Unfortunately, I found the portion smaller compared to the rice. On the other hand, the rice was somehow bland, not as tasty and I've had better pineapple fried rice. In the end, I pour the soup over my rice LOL!

Total bill was RM28.20 including 6% GST plus hub's mineral water (RM3.80). Average shopping mall price but overall it was a pleasant experience as the staffs were efficient and courteous even though it was late. Also the ambience was inviting with charming Thai decors.

My rating: 3/5
Location: LG2.27 Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrtuktukmy/
Type: Halal

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

MPOV: CHG Meat Floss Lotus Biscuit with Egg

Recently tumpang my colleague to tapau this delicacy. I heard it's worth every penny so I just had to try it and goodness me... it is so true!

It may looked like any other meat floss biscuit but it tasted so yummy!!! Just the right fragrant, meat floss tender and tasty fresh... what more can I asked for? At RM12 for 4 pcs in a box, it may costs a little over the top but truly worth every sen!

My rating: 4/5

Location: Ching Han Guan Biscuits Sdn Bhd, 145 Jalan Sultan Iskandar, 30000 Ipoh, Perak
Type: non-halal

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mom's 68th birthday

We celebrated mom's 68th birthday a couple of weeks ago with some meal and movie at Paradigm Mall. It was fun and easy with us, the children, busy window-shopping and catching Pokemon! LOL! To be honest, it's sis Alvina, bro Ryan and me lah! The youngest of the lot, bro Chris, was not interested but he does know the theories LOL! Mom was flabbergasted that her older children was so engrossed with Pokemon Go! LOL!
We had coffee here at Franco but not sure what happened to the art...
Lunch at Sushi Zanmai but the taste was off that day...
Dinner at a shop near home and the food was off too...
It was truly an enjoyable day and we had the most fun catching Pokemon! I think we had never played together like forever! Definitely a memorable day for me... I hope so it was for mom too...

We watched Skiptrace as mom is a Jackie Chan fan hence the reason why we were at Paradigm Mall as limited cinema was showing this movie then. Or else we would have been at Sunway Pyramid with more Pokemon to catch... oopsie Daisy :-)
The Lee Clan
And bro Ryan just had to do this.... Poliwag with mom!
Believe it or not, now our family group chat in Whatsapp has become Pokemon Go chat room LOL!

Monday, 22 August 2016

MPOV: The Good Dinosaur

In an alternate universe, the asteroid that would have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago passes safely over Earth.

65 million years later, Apatosaurus farmers Henry and Ida have children Libby, Buck, and the runt Arlo, who has trouble adjusting to farm life. While his successful siblings are allowed to "make their mark" (a mud-print on the family's corn silo), Arlo's timid nature makes even simple tasks difficult for him. Henry attempts to give Arlo a sense of purpose by putting him in charge of guarding their silo, and helps him set a trap. It captures a feral caveboy, but Arlo doesn't have the heart to kill him, and sets him free. Disappointed, Henry takes Arlo to track the caveboy, leading them into a ravine. Henry saves Arlo from a flash flood before being swept away and killed.

Without his father, Arlo shoulders more of the workload. He spots the same caveboy inside the silo and, blaming him for his father's death, chases him until both fall into a river. Arlo cannot swim, and is swept downstream where he hits his head on a rock and knocked unconscious. Awakening, he finds himself far from home and tries to survive on his own, but becomes trapped when a boulder pins his leg down. The next day Arlo wakes to find his leg has been freed, and the caveboy appears with food for him. The caveboy then leads Arlo to a berry tree, where the caveboy fends off a large snake, amazing Arlo and impressing a nearby eccentric Styracosaurus who wants to keep the boy. He forces Arlo to compete with him to give the boy a name he will respond to, which Arlo finally wins when he calls him "Spot". Arlo and Spot bond as Arlo laments his lost family, and Spot reveals that his own parents are dead. When a thunderstorm strikes, Arlo runs away in fear and loses the riverbank he has been following home.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

A heart-warming movie of a little dinosaur, Arlo, who had to grow up after losing his father and family. Together with Spot, a caveboy who was inadvertently involved in his father's death, they ventured on an unforgettable adventure where they became friends and learning to cope in the wilderness themselves. Especially for Arlo as he has to overcome his fears and eventually became a very independent dinosaur.

A very nice animation with good intentions which are great for children to pick-up and learn. Truly fun to watch with the family.

IMDb rating: 6.8/10
My rating: 3/5

Director: Peter Sohn
Casts: Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin

Rated: U; a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures

Thursday, 18 August 2016

MPOV: The Greatest Game Ever Played

Set mainly in 1913, the film is about Francis Ouimet, the first amateur to win a U.S. Open. Amateur golf in that era was then a sport only for the wealthy, and Ouimet came from an immigrant family that was part of the working class. Ouimet watches an exhibition by legendary British golf pro Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane) as a 7-year-old boy, and becomes very interested in golf. He begins as a caddy at The Country Club, a posh enclave located across the street from his home in suburban Brookline, Massachusetts, while making friends with the other caddies. He works on his own golf game at every chance, and gradually accumulates his own set of clubs. Francis practices putting at night in his room. He wins the Massachusetts Schoolboy Championship.

One day, a Club member, Mr. Hastings, asks Ouimet to play with him over The Country Club course, where caddies have almost no access of their own, and he shoots a fine round of 81 despite a 9 on one hole. His talent, composure, and good manners earn admirers and interest. With the help of Mr. Hastings and the Club Caddiemaster, Francis gets a chance to play in an upcoming tournament, the U.S. Amateur, the local qualifying for which is to be held at the very same Country Club course. However, his father Arthur (Elias Koteas) tells his son to quit golf and get a "real job". Ouimet needs $50 for the entry fee, and so agrees to get a real job and never play golf again if he could not qualify; his father lends him the money. On the 18th, Francis faces a three-foot putt that would secure him a spot in the championship, but he looks over and his father is watching. Ouimet is distracted, misses and falls one stroke short of qualifying for the championship proper.

With much jeer from the rich folk, Ouimet, now 20, fulfills his promise to his dad and works at a sporting goods shop, while continuing to live at home. After some time with his golf forgotten, Ouimet is still at the bottom of the working class. But one day, the president of the United States Golf Association enters the store and personally invites him to play in the upcoming U.S. Open. After some maneuvering and consideration from his employer, Ouimet secures entry. His father informs Ouimet that he must find his own place to live after the tournament; Ouimet agrees. However, his mother has been supportive of his golf from the start.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

A nice and subtle memoir, capturing the intense moments of Francis' initial turmoil in amateur golf. He was so talented but back then, working class people were not encouraged to participate in such tournaments which are meant for the wealthy. Hence his father opposed to his golfing, didn't want Francis to be disappointed in life especially with the 'rich and poor castes'. But his mother supported him so in the end, he has to endure the jeers and rough patches when he joined the tournament again. However, this time, he was ready :-)

I've always enjoyed watching memoirs as opposed to reading it, not sure why, especially when it was portrayed so truthfully and real. This is truly an eye-opening movie, so much so that I really felt motivated and now hoping for my dreams to come true. Shia did a very good job as Francis... I definitely preferred him in this movie rather than Transformers :-p

IMDb rating: 7.5/10
My rating: 4/5

Director: Bill Paxton
Casts: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Elias Koteas, Josh Flitter, Peter Firth
Rated: PG; a 2005 biographical sports film based on the early life of golf champion Francis Ouimet

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

MPOV: The Little Prince

An ambitious mother undertakes to enroll her daughter into prestigious Werth Academy, imposing a life plan that leaves little time for leisure. The Little Girl however becomes distracted by an elderly retired aviator who tells her the story of "The Little Prince", whom he supposedly encountered in the Sahara after crash-landing. After asking the aviator to draw him a sheep, he – lacking skill – eventually draws a box and says that there's a sheep inside, satisfying the Little Prince.

The two read and play together without the mother's knowledge. The aviator tells the Girl about the Prince's home, "Asteroid B612", which is covered in baobab sprouts. After some time clearing away baobab sprouts, the Little Prince notices a different plant and nurtures it until it grows into a rose. The rose becomes his friend, but the Prince leaves due to her selfishness, eventually landing on Earth. He then finds and tames a red fox, which later says goodbye to the Prince but tells him to always see with his heart. The Little Girl keeps a stuffed fox as a gift/ She then discusses the ending, with the aviator telling her that he will leave to see The Little Prince.

The duo decide to go for free "birthday" pancakes. Possessing no license, he is then pulled over and the Girl is returned home. Angrily realizing this, her mom imposes harsher learning. After reading the last pages of the book, the Little Girl secretly visits the aviator to finish the story, which ends with the Prince succumbing to a snake bite to reunite with the rose. The aviator expresses belief of the Prince's return, but the Little Girl is upset by the story's dark ending and regrets the story and aviator.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

I have always loved the animation of this novella though I;ve not read it before so when I chance upon this movie, I just had to watch it. Sure enough, it was a lovely animation with easy to understand story line especially for the young ones with all the positive messages. It's so true and poignant that it reflected on the spot of the current behaviour of most high expectation parents.

Kids will be kids... they need to learn, fall and pick themselves up. We can't spoon feed them everything! Life will be meaningless if we kept spoon feeding them. We should guide and nurture them from afar... let them judge and decide on their own. It's very important or they will end up growing to be obnoxious, clueless and brainless.

Definitely a recommended movie to watch with the family. Now I'm looking forward to own a copy of this book :-)

IMDb rating: 7.8/10
My rating: 4/5

Director: Mark Osborne
Casts: Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, James Franco
Rated: PG; A 2015 English-language 3D animated fantasy drama film directed by Mark Osborne, based on the 1943 novella of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Monday, 15 August 2016

MPOV: Skiptrace

Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie's young niece Samantha/bái shū (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong's crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Overall, an entertaining movie with the usual Jackie Chan's slapstick comedy but with a slower paced action scene. The plots were also nothing new... same old, same old... predictable too. Usually it's logical but this time there were illogical scenes like when Samantha was ambushed at her home, the aquarium broke and water spilled. However, she was able to use the taser to electrocute/shock her assailants who had their shoes on in a puddle of little water??? Definitely didn't make sense for me. There were some irregularities but then... I just had to lower my expectations to enjoy the movie. Well, it was still entertaining overall hence the higher rating - more for the laughing factor :-)

IMDb rating: 6.4/10
My rating: 3/5

Director: Renny Harlin
Casts: Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Johnny Knoxville
Rated: PG-13; a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese-American action comedy film


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